Crawlspace Remediation; What It Is, and Tips for Dealing with It
When dealing with crawlspace remediation, you don’t have to go it alone. Although remediation sounds complicated, it’s simply a Latin word meaning;
“the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping damage.”
Indeed, we’ve got a few things that should make the whole ordeal a lot easier to understand other than learning Latin.
The most common solution to dealing with crawlspace problems is to “encapsulate” the crawlspace with a heavy-duty plastic sheeting. This is done after replacing any moisture effected insulation and sealing off any vents from the outside air and humidity.
Often times, a dehumidifier that is specially designed for crawlspace use may be installed to prevent buildup of humidity. Alternatively, a small amount of your homes air conditioning can be directed into the crawlspace or a small exhaust fan can also be installed to control humidity buildup.
When moisture builds up from allowing humidity to enter your homes’ crawlspace, it allows mold spores to blossom and enter the living area above. These mold spores are much too small to see with the naked eye but are responsible for a host of respiratory ailments, odors, dust mite infestation and allergic reactions.
Moisture that becomes trapped in your crawlspace does more than contribute to allergies. It is also responsible for such things as floorboard warping and cupping, the deterioration of floor joists, sub-flooring and can even effect electrical systems. These all lead to the devaluation of your home over time.
Additionally, drainage is sometimes installed in the crawlspace to remove any water that happens to seep in. In order to aid removing of unwanted moisture , special attention is also paid to sealing roofing gutters as well as the relocation of downspouts to discharge the rainwater away from your home.
All of these ways to rid your home of the excess moisture and prevent further buildup not only make your home more comfortable, but also serve to prolong the life of your largest investment for years to come.
Although some of the items discussed in this blog entry can be managed by homeowners, to properly address all moisture issues effecting your homes crawlspace you should consult a professional. To speak to one of our highly trained professionals about this, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.